Day 32: the Rhythm is It! August 1
Lostorf to Burgdorf 38 miles
Happy Swiss National Day!!!
We left Marcus and Yolanda's lovely B&B in a little bit of drizzle. It has been raining throughout the morning. We followed the route 8 up the Aare River then switched over to Route#34 to Kirchberg. As we were pedaling along we saw this big blue silo protruding up from the corn and wheat fields and as we pedaled up on it we saw that it had a HUGE Aeschlimann sign on the building and then on the trucks later down the road!!!! This is the land of my people!!!! My name is on everything!!!! We even went through the town of "Aeschi" and cycled on Aeschlistrasse!!! We took lots of photos. We just had to!!! There were so many Swiss houses and castles with flags and so much going on for the national holiday! We passed into Bern canton for the first time, which is the canton the Aeschlimanns are from. Of course we saw and heard an inordinate number of cow bells and sheep bells and goat bells...We made it to Burgdorf in good time. Even a bit early so we went into Burgdorf's city center. There are several Metal sculptures and one bench which Bruce and I inhabited for a little while while we ate a snack and talked to our families in Skype. After our break, we found our way to Bernhard and his lovely wife's house. They are a totally cool! We found them through Warm Showers. Their son Sam did a world tour by bike so they are supporting the cycle touring community by hosting. What a wonderful couple! It turns out that Bernhard is a guitar teacher! We played ukulele and guitar together. He played the SchwitzaUrguli (sp?) which is the Swiss Accordion. He taught me how to play the blues on the uke and how to strum for Hotel California. We had an excellent dinner prepared by his wife and chatted about their daughters(one of whom was named Andrea) and their new granddaughter Mia. They also had Jesse, their 16 year old kitty. There were fireworks most of the night but we fell asleep pretty quickly. How awesome is it to meet wonderful people who open up their homes to complete strangers. Amazing!
The World is Ours!